George A. Fassbender

HOUGHTON — George A. Fassbender, 97, a resident of Houghton, passed away Wednesday morning, January 24, 2018, at the Omega House in Houghton following a short illness.

He was born on November 25, 1920, in Marquette, a son of the late Louis and Louise (Doll) Fassbender. George was a graduate of Graveret High School in Marquette.

Mr. Fassbender was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II where he was a medic and assisted in the clean-up at Hiroshima, Japan after the bombing. He then returned to Marquette to help on the family Dairy Farm.

In 1940 he was united in marriage to Irene Morin. In 1953, the couple moved to Hancock to open and run a new branch of the family business Bancroft Dairy. Since 1954, he has made his home in Houghton.

Mr. Fassbender was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church of Houghton where he served as usher for many years and was a former member of the Hancock Elks club. George enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid deer hunter, making it to deer camp for 70 years. He will be greatly missed by the 6 a.m. coffee crew at McDonald’s.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Irene; his son, Donald George; his nephew/son, Jim Morin; his parents; his siblings, Louis Jr., Wallace, Ernest, Roy, Bernice, Elsie, Florence and Clara Marie.

Surviving are his daughter, Pamela (Don Sawaski) Fassbender of Houghton; his sisters, Irene Niemi of Marquette, Marilyn Niemi of Marquette; his nephew’s/son’s former wife, Cindy Uitti of Pickney; his grandchildren, Ben (Courtney) Morin and Megan (Chad) Zelinski; his great-grandchildren, Luke, Elle and Drew Morin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends.

A Memorial Mass for George will be held 11 a.m. June 8, 2018, at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church of Houghton. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please send memorials to the Omega House 2211 Maureen Ln, Houghton, MI 49931, in memory of George Fassbender.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the family with the arrangements.